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Robust segmentation and tracking of colored objects in video

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1 Author(s)
Gevers, T. ; Comput. Sci. Inst., Univ. of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Segmenting and tracking of objects in video is of great importance for video-based encoding, surveillance, and retrieval. However, the inherent difficulty of object segmentation and tracking is to distinguish changes in the displacement of objects from disturbing effects such as noise and illumination changes. Therefore, in this paper, we formulate a color-based deformable model which is robust against noisy data and changing illumination. Computational methods are presented to measure color constant gradients. Further, a model is given to estimate the amount of sensor noise through these color constant gradients. The obtained uncertainty is subsequently used as a weighting term in the deformation process. Experiments are conducted on image sequences recorded from three-dimensional scenes. From the experimental results, it is shown that the proposed color constant deformable method successfully finds object contours robust against illumination, and noisy, but homogeneous regions.

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Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:14 ,  Issue: 6 )